Somatoform Disorders | Causes & Risk Factors

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What is the cause of somatoform disorders?

No one knows exactly why symptoms of somatoform disorders appear. In some cases, there may be a problem with the nerve impulses that send signals of pain, pressure and other unpleasant sensations to the brain. We do know that the pain and problems caused by somatoform disorder are real, they are not imagined.

Like many medical problems, somatoform disorders often run in families. They also tend to come and go over time.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 07/95

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